The Meenee Metropolis


In the autumn of the year 2000, Mr. Meenee and his roommate decided to host a sociable at their Georgian domicile, at which Fritz Lang's silent masterpiece "Metropolis" would be shown at midnight.

As it was the best version available in town, they elected to use
the "Kino International" release of the film.

However, the Kino Int. version suffered from a jazz score of which
few were fond.

"I know," Adam said. "We'll turn down the sound, and play the second
stiffs inc. record as the score." This made sense, since the song "All My Hate"
contained references to the film.

And so, that night, the album was started just as the title screen
came onto the television. The opening song, "To Be," ended just as the
opening credits ended.

  To the amazement of all present, the rest of the album fit the film
perfectly. Scenes and songs ended at the same time. Characters moved in time
to the music, and many of the words of the songs corresponded with the
action on the screen.

  Many at the party, as well as those who have seen a demonstration since then,
left convinced that the second Stiffs, Inc. record was intended to be
a score for the Kino, Int. cut of "Metropolis."

Some compare the phenomenon to another phenomenon, in which an album by "Pink Floyd" is said to correspond to "The Wizard of Oz." Persons who have seen both agree unanimously that the stiffs, inc/"Metropolis" pairing works better - after all, there is no dialogue lost by turning the sound down on Metropolis.

Many, in fact, wound up believing that the Kino Cut and the second album
should be released together, perhaps on a DVD.

Members of stiffs, inc. deny any deliberate attempt, but all have seen, and approve of, what they have referred to as "The Meenee Metropolis." As Whitey put it, "anything would be better than that damned Kino International score."